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Herts County Council issues deer danger alert to drivers

Drivers in the Bishop's Stortford area are being reminded to be extra-vigilant on the roads this autumn to avoid roaming deer.

At this time of year, the male fallow deer is unpredictable and can travel several miles a day in search of a mate, crossing roads in the process.

The most common time for the stag to roam is at dawn and dusk, which in October coincides with the morning and evening rush-hours.

Lone fallow deer at Thorley Wash (42325233)
Lone fallow deer at Thorley Wash (42325233)

The deer population in Hertfordshire, which mainly consists of fallow deer and muntjac, is widespread, with particular concentrations in pockets of woodland.

Cllr Phil Bibby, Herts County Council's cabinet member for highways and environment, said: "With fewer cars on the roads over the last few months, we've seen all sorts of wildlife being bolder, and deer are no exception.

"We would urge motorists to be cautious and drive a little slower at this time of the year, especially on rural and semi-rural roads.

"We've taken steps to erect deer fences in locations which are known migration crossing points, especially on major new roads, but we obviously cannot protect every road."

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